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Governor Support Team - Welcome and Notices

The information and links on this website will support you and your school in becoming more effective and in improving the outcomes for children.

The Local Authority (LA) works in partnership with others, such as Teaching Schools, Cumbria Alliance of System Leaders (CASL), Local Alliance of System Leaders (LASL) and the diocesan boards, in order to provide  support for governance. More information on the partners can be found under 'Support for the Governing Board'.

The information contained on our website, in the first instance relates to Local Authority maintained schools.  Where there is no legal requirement, we advise on the basis of best practise based on the principles of effective governance, which could be applied to all categories of schools.  We hope our website will help you to make the most effective and efficient use of your valuable time. 

Our aim is to provide an outstanding service - your feedback on how we can improve is always welcomed.


In recognition of the frequent changes within the education world, we would like to signpost you to some useful information and reminders:

  • Autumn Term Events, Our Training Programme for the next academic year is now available. After the success of the Governor Roadshows in the summer term, there are further roadshows arranged for the Autumn Term.  Also arranged for this term are training courses for new governors and chairs as well as a recent addition of a series of courses; Safeguarding for Governors.

  • Further to the amendment to The School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) Regulations, the Department for Education (DfE) has updated the Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools; statutory guidance to incorporate the changes to regulations, which came in to force on 1 September 2017.

  • The NGA have published a useful document; What governing boards should expect from leaders.

  • The DfE have launched a new service Analyse SchoolPerformance (ASP) which will provide schools and other existing user groups with detailed performance analysis.    

  • 30 hours of Free Childcare for eligible families of 3 and 4 year olds - Frequently asked questions by early years providers - March 2017.

  • An updated version of the statutory guidance for Schools Causing Concern has been published.

  • Governor Support Team Governance Survey, the process of Governing Board (GB) self-review is an important part of GB development and is often carried out using a GB Health Check which helps to identify strengths and areas for improvement for the GB.  Many GBs also carry out a skills audit to ensure they have a full range of expertise on their GB.  It is also recognised that working within a cluster of schools provides many benefits for governing GBs, chairs, headteachers and clerks.  In order to continue to promote the benefits of health checks and cluster working, we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to complete the survey which can be found at:
  • An updated process for the appointment of Local Authority Governors with immediate effect:

           CCC LA governor nomination process

           CCC LA governor nomination form